When he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
The problem with emotions is they are fickle. Even so, emotions are real and shouldn’t be dismissed. Attempting to talk someone out of their emotions is a waste of time and a futile activity. While acknowledging emotions is important, allowing them to rule makes us their slave.
When we allow emotions or thoughts that oppose God’s Word to lead us, we make them Lord and dethrone Christ. Eve gave lordship to her thoughts and emotions back in the Garden of Eden. As a result she plummeted down the slippery slope of sin. When we experience emotions we are faced with the same lordship decision as Eve…Who will you allow to rule as Lord?
There are times when we ask for forgiveness that we don’t feel forgiven. Who hasn’t felt unloved, undeserving, and insignificant? We’ve all thought ourselves to be beyond help and believed our circumstances were hopeless. I doubt Jesus felt powerful while experiencing the pain of Calvary. Whatever emotions He experienced, He never let them rule. Although His feelings didn’t disappear, dissipate, or dissolve, He chose to believe God’s Word and lived like it. Christ never let emotions direct His life or influence what He believed. Neither should we. Remember that emotions and doubts that compete with God’s Word will come. Yet, don’t forget, it’s not experiencing them that is sinful, it’s when you let them rule that you sin.
If God’s Word says you are forgiven, you are. If God’s Word says you’re loved, you are. If God’s Word says He has a plan and purpose for our life, He does. Faith is believing what God’s Word says is true. Living out your faith will involve experiencing emotions while not allowing them to rule.
- What emotions are you experiencing?
- Examine your emotions in light of God’s Word?
- Choose whether you will believe your emotions or God’s Word.
- Live accordingly to your belief, not your emotions.